Next-level composing with an industry expert.
Do you want your students to be 100% engaged and feel encouraged to compose songs as part of their musical study?
Tim Topham's 4-Chord Composing Course looks closely at how you can create music from a harmonic point of view. This course looks at it more from a melodic point of view, but we will also marry the two viewpoints together.
History of songwriting, how to foster creativity and the main ingredients of a song
Introduction to the composition of effective melody, harmony, tonality and structure
Analysing melodies, chords and structures
How to write the catchiest, most successful melodies
How to balance repetition and contrast in a song
How to write lyrics
Choosing chords, the Circle of fifths, restricting chord choices and inversions
Structure – verse/chorus form and variants
What to do after the second chorus – bridges and key changes
Exploring ‘feel’, arrangements and other tricks to spice up your finished song
"I’ve known the importance and teach the primary chords to my students ALL. THE. TIME. Simon showed and explained these chords unlike I was ever taught and have ever taught. It all makes COMPLETE sense and I can’t believe I’ve never thought about it that way before… I think my mind might have exploded." -Tara
Simon Rushby is a music education expert, teacher, performer, composer, an ABRSM examiner, and author who taught music in schools across the South-East of England. With over 30 years of experience in leading UK schools as a Director of Music, he’s worked with many students of all levels. He’s published several educational resources, including Discovering Music Theory, an ABRSM exam prep series.
As a composer, Simon has written songs that have charted for artists in Europe and Asia, and compositions that have been used worldwide for TV shows and commercials, including BBC, ITV, Sky and BT Sport in the UK. As an arranger, he’s been the lead on two albums for Alexander Shulgin, which have topped the charts in Russia.
Simon has created this fantastic course to share his extensive knowledge on the composing and songwriting with you. By taking this course, you will learn everything you need to feel confident and competent in composing your own songs.
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